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Hatchet-wielding man robs Belfast shop

Published 02/11/2015

Police are investigating.
Police are investigating.

A man armed with a hatchet has robbed a north Belfast shop.

The man entered the store on the Serpentine Road on Sunday evening at around 7.30pm.

After threatening staff he made off with cigarettes and cash.

The suspect was described as being of medium build with fair skin and wearing a blue coat

Police said no one was injured in the incident and a man was arrested later no Sunday evening in connection with the robbery before being released pending further investigation.

It's believed the incident may be linked to a similar robbery on the Antrim Road.

Detective Inspector Nigel Snoddy said: "We are appealing for information about this incident and a further incident which occurred on Saturday, October 31, at a shop on the Antrim Road.

"On this occasion a man entered the store at around 7.20pm, armed with a hammer, and demanded cash which was handed over by staff.

"Thankfully no-one was injured as a result of either incident and I am appealing for anyone who can assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Musgrave on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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